Texas Stars Weekly Update - Feb. 21, 2017Feb 21, 2017
Stars Visit California for Longest Road Stretch of the Season
Last week’s record: 1-2-0-0
Overall record: 24-22-1-2
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars are back in the state of California for their toughest stretch of the season, an 11-day trip with six divisional games to end the month of February.
-- THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE —
February 22 at 9 p.m. CST and February 26 at 6 p.m. CST at Stockton Heat:
The Texas Stars and Stockton Heat come together for the second and third times this season on Wednesday and Sunday. Stockton took home the first win of the season series in a 5-1 final on Oct. 19. Austin Fyten scored the lone goal for the Stars in the first encounter while Mark Jankowski leads both clubs in the season series with three points (1-2=3). The Heat are currently suffering a 10-game winless skid (0-9-1-0) and sit seventh in the Pacific Division.
February 24 at 9 p.m. CST at San Diego Gulls:
In between the two games against Stockton, the Stars will visit the San Diego Gulls on Friday for their fourth and final meeting of the season. The Stars have lost all three matchups against Gulls during the 2016-17 campaign. Forward Antoine Laganiere leads the Gulls with 15 goals in 43 games while Stars Captain Travis Morin is tied for 11th in the AHL with 42 points (17-25=42). San Diego is currently sitting in second in the Pacific Division standings.
-- LAST WEEK’S RESULTS --
February 17 vs. Chicago Wolves, 4-3 Win:
Nick Ebert’s blast from the left circle in overtime put the finishing touch on a 4-3 win for the Texas Stars over the Chicago Wolves on Friday night at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Ebert’s overtime-winner came on a 4-on-3 power play for Texas with 25 seconds to go in the extra frame. The defenseman’s eighth goal of the season also extended his point streak to five games and handed the Stars their fourth straight win. Justin Peters stopped 18 of 21 shots in net for Texas
February 18 vs. Chicago Wolves, 4-1 Loss:
Pheonix Copley held the Texas Stars offense to just one goal, and the Chicago Wolves picked up a weekend split with a 4-1 win on Saturday night at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Ethan Werek was the lone goal-scorer for the Stars and Nick Ebert tallied an assist to extend his point streak (3-6=9) to six games. Copley stopped 27 of 28 shots in net for the Wolves. Andrew Agozzino’s power play goal in the first held up as the game-winner as Chicago snapped the Stars’ four-game win streak. Justin Peters suffered his second loss with Texas with 20 saves on 24 shots.
February 20 at San Jose Barracuda, 5-3 Loss:
Ludwig Bystrom scored his first two goals of the season for the Texas Stars, but the power play unit for the San Jose Barracuda was too much to overcome in a 5-3 loss on Monday evening at SAP Center to begin a six-game road trip. John McCarthy and Daniel O’Regan each scored a pair of goals for San Jose in the game. Remi Elie also scored for Texas in the loss. After coming on in relief for Texas, Max Lagace stopped 14 of 15 shots in net. Troy Grosenick backstopped the Barracuda to their 12th straight win with 28 saves. Both teams combined for five power play goals in the game.
-- NEWS, NOTES AND UPCOMING MILESTONES –
Nick Ebert is enjoying a career season and has been the team’s hottest player in February. Of the 20 points Ebert has tallied this season, 10 have come over his current seven-game point streak. With an assist on Monday in San Jose, Ebert has now set career-highs in goals, assists and points this season. The Stars current road stretch will span 1,474 total miles between their six games, which began on Feb. 20 and will end on March 1, both in San Jose. Justin Peters has won four of his last six starts in net. Maxime Lagace has posted a .917 SV% and a 2.06 GAA over his last six appearances.
-- UPCOMING PROMOTIONS --
The Stars return home on Saturday, March 4, to face the Grand Rapids Griffins at 7 p.m. CST. The game features a Stars Sunglasses giveaway. The game is also a Texas Lottery Lucky Row Night and will feature Coke Zero Family Four-Packs. The first Stars player to score wins free scratch tickets for a lucky row of seats at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, courtesy of the Texas Lottery, and fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks starting at just $16 per person, courtesy of Coke Zero.
The Texas Stars are the primary development affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, and are currently playing their eighth season at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Full season, 24-game, 12-game and six-game ticket packages for the 2016-17 campaign are on sale now. For more information, call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit TexasStars.com.